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  • Green all along

    Throughout the downturn of the last four years or so we have seen the lumber and building materials industry shrink dramatically. Some estimates of sales shrinkage at the dealer level put it beyond 50%. In some markets, that estimate is absurdly low.
  • GAF earns graphic design awards

    Wayne, N.J.-based roofing and ventilation manufacturer GAF was recently awarded four American Graphic Design Awards. 
  • Readers Respond: Return policy best practices

    "Marvin’s has a very customer-friendly return policy. If you buy something from us, you have the ability to return/exchange, repair or return/refund as long as you have a Marvin’s receipt. Right now, we do not have strict timelines established around returns (i.e., 30 days, 90 days, etc).
  • Hillman Group acquires TagWorks

    The Hillman Group has announced the acquisition of TagWorks, a pet ID tag program, for $40 million in cash plus an additional consideration of $12.5 million on Oct. 31, 2011. TagWorks is responsible for paying $18.5 million in outstanding debt and transaction fees from the proceeds.
  • Red Wing ties deal with Boa lacing system

    The Boa Closure System, which replaces traditional shoe strings with a durable closure system, will be featured on certain Red Wing work boots this spring.  The Boa Closure system is tightened and loosened by a dial and is designed for comfort, safety and closure, the company said.
  • Postcards from the Show

    As a result of too much good material and not enough space, here is a collection of semi-random notes from the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.  
 • Question: Does anybody really pay $99 a day for Internet connection — the asking price at the convention center? 

  • D.C. Hotline: Debit Dollars

    “It is one of the most active lobbying efforts I have ever seen,” quipped Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.) when asked about the fight over debit card swipe fees. And he’s been on Capitol Hill for 28 years.